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Sankeys NYC Halloween Opening – Sankeys NYC, New York

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On Halloween Night, legendary UK clubbing institution Sankeys made its long awaited NYC debut in the shadows of District 36 that shut its doors about a year ago. After a long anticipated wait of 3 years, Sankeys NYC opened with bang featuring a line-up that would rival those of its current home in Ibiza and the original Sankeys in Manchester. Name and performances included on the opening roster included an opening set by Dave Rosario alongside Reboot, No Regular Play, My Favorite Robot, and a special guest appearance by A-Luv aka Anthony Piacquadio.

Although it took a bit of time to setup and get past the door, once you got in, you were taken back to memories of District 36 by walking downstairs and entering through the elongated basement. Although there weren’t many changes made from Sankey’s predecessor, there were a few notable changes made. There were no longer any seating or tables in the basement and some very cool circular lights were installed into the ceiling that added a fine touch to the aura and atmosphere. Once you got upstairs, at first glance you noticed that the DJ booth was moved to the main floor and the VIP section had been widened whilst seating had removed from the top floor. The main floor speakers were now located next to the DJ booth also widening the space of the main floor increasing the capacity and allowing more room to dance.

Another noticeable change to the former District 36 venue is the one-of-a-kind LED Grid Matrix and the VOID incubus audio system designed by Jason Ojeda. Light tubes criss-cross in a grid across the ceiling. An added touch for Halloween decorations was a massive spider web that covered this lighting grid and had an automated spider waving hello from time to time. The VOID audio system created a low and deep bass and which on occasion could become a bit overwhelming. After a little bit of fine-tuning and adjustments this sound system could definitely overpower Output and Cielo’s infamous Funktion One sound system giving New Yorker’s yet another option to experience high quality sound.

The music was great from the start. Dave Rosario took the main floor by storm playing some dirty Tech-House beats that had everyone dancing and creating a great vibe for Halloween. One of the owners and the special guest DJ of the night, A-Luv went on next transiting from House to a little bit of Techno and making the crowd roar at certain points. Then came Reboot who played some long and extended beats that really tested the depth of the VOID speakers.

Sankeys NYC looks like it is planning to bring that dirty, grungy, underground vibe that New York City is known for and loves. The ebb and flow of the crowd all donning their elaborate costumes steadily fluctuated to a point that it was never too crowded leaving enough room to dance and groove to the music. The overall staff were friendly and drink prices were about average for New York. Sankeys NYC is definitely a venue that New Yorkers can look forward to as an additional option to New York’s surging underground club scene with lineups that include Fur Coat, DJ Sneak, Tiefschwarz, Derrick Carter, and many more! We’ll certainly be back…

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